Al Furqan Brigades claims responsibility for recent shooting attacks in Egypt

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In a video released to jihadist forums on Nov. 29, the al Nusrah Battalion, a unit within the al Furqan Brigades, claimed responsibility for a series of recent shooting attacks in Egypt. In the video, the group’s fighters are seen carrying out four separate attacks, according to the SITE Intelligence Group.

In one of the attacks, which took place on Sept. 17, the group’s fighters are seen conducting a drive-by shooting on Egyptian security personnel. The shooting, which took place in the al Sharqia governorate, appears to match the description of an attack that killed at least two security personnel, according to Reuters.

A second attack featured in the video occurred on Oct. 7. In that attack, gunmen from the al Nusrah Batallion shot and killed Lieutenant Ahmed Ibrahim along with five others. The incident, which took place in Ismailia, appears to match the description of an attack reported by Al Ahram and Xinhua, among others.

The new video is the first from the al Furqan Brigades since Oct. 8, when the group claimed responsibility for an RPG attack on a satellite station in the Cairo suburb of Maadi. In that video, the group called on Egyptian Muslims to “[r]ise for jihad … to fight the apostates.” “One bullet in the cause of Allah might be the beginning of the road to victory or martyrdom,” the group declared.

Yesterday’s video was the second in a series, titled “Support for the Weak.” In late September, the first episode was released by the al Furqan Brigades. In the video, which showed a couple of shooting attacks, the group said it was targeting “apostates” and “criminals.”

In early September, the al Furqan Brigades posted video of its members firing RPGs at a vessel traveling through the Suez Canal. In addition to the video, the group released an online statement, which said that “the road for Allah’s word to be supreme is the ammunition box and not the ballot box.”

And on July 29, the al Furqan Brigades released a statement claiming responsibility for an RPG attack on a ship traveling through the Suez Canal. Video from the purported attack in July was uploaded to YouTube on Aug. 4.

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